Lazio has shown interest in signing Manchester City midfielder.
Lazio are reportedly plotting a summer move for Manchester City midfielder as the Spaniard is poised to leave the Etihad at the end of this season. The 34-year-old recently played his last match of the Premier League in the Man City shirt and will depart after the Champions League campaign. Silva has been linked with a move to his former club Valencia, MLS side New York City – owned by City Football group, with Lazio being the latest club. The Biancocelesti will have the edge in landing the veteran midfielder as they will offer him the luxury of the Champions League football.
Silva has etched his name in the Sky Blues’ history – as well as Europe – as one of the best midfielders of his generation, with Pep Guardiola claiming that Silva’s position will be hard to replace. The Spanish World Cup winner will try to inspire his side to the Champions League glory, which he hadn’t tasted in his entire playing career.
Speaking about Silva’s interest, Lazio director Igle Tare said:
“I don’t know where these stories come from. He’s a great player, of course, and I have heard from some mutual friends that he would like a different experience after 10 years, but there’s a big difference between saying something and making it happen.”
But Tare said that the club is trying to build the squad around the European Golden shoe winner Ciro Immobile, implying that high profile signings could be one the cards.
“We will build Lazio around Immobile because he has a long contract and is an important figure in this club. He’s had an exceptional season, but the team played for and with him too.
“Lazio are in the Champions League after 13 years, now we are studying initiatives to bring the club even higher with Immobile a key figure.”
Lazio have confirmed their Champions League qualification in more than a decade after finishing fourth in Serie A this season.
The current squad under Simone Inzaghi boasts a host of talented players in all sections. Silva’s addition would be the icing on the cake for a club like Lazio, and his experience could lead them to unprecedented success.
The only question is whether Silva can dethrone Luis Alberto and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, two crucial players for Lazio in the past two seasons. A transfer move for any of the two could open the doors for Silva to succeed, but it looks unlikely at the moment as Lazio will play in the UCL next term.
Lazio have proven that they could challenge for the Scudetto after coming close to the title this season.